At least two people were killed and several injured after a massive rock formation collapsed onto three ships in Brazil in an incident that was captured on video and posted on social media.
Brazilian authorities confirmed the incident that occurred on Saturday in the city of Capitolia, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, according to the New York Daily News.
In the video posted on Twitter, a large chunk of a cliff can be seen crashing into the water at a popular tourist attraction along the Rio Grande, directly over several boats as onlookers screamed in horror.
Brazilian news portal G1 reports that firefighters believe a sudden downpour caused the rocks to dislocate and fall into the river.
Dead and injured after collapse in Brazil
According to media reports in Brazil, at least 15 people were injured and each boat involved is believed to be carrying 12 to 20 people, including children.
Rovilson Teixeira, who has worked in the area for six years, told Brazilian media OTempo that he had never seen anything like it.
“We are all stunned, no one knows how many victims, but I can tell you that there were not one or two deaths, but many deaths,” he said.
“There are many people injured. The region is full of ambulances that have come from other parts to pick up the victims, but no one yet realizes the magnitude of the tragedy here.”
The Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reports that the two people who have died are men but have not been identified.
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